Saturday 17 November 2018

O'Mahony seeks win on RDS return

O’Mahony says he is keen to see positive results on the biggest occasions once again. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
O’Mahony says he is keen to see positive results on the biggest occasions once again. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony says it would be a huge lift for everyone involved in the province to win some silverware this season but that they need to improve plenty to have a chance of victory against Leinster next weekend.

Munster play at the RDS for the first time since a 30-0 defeat to Leinster there in October 2009, with Keith Earls the only current Munster player in action that day. Interestingly, Munster had won 18-0 at the Ballsbridge venue the previous season.

Since their last trip to the RDS, Munster have played Leinster eight times at the Aviva Stadium and once at Croke Park in the 2010 Heineken Cup, and speaking after their win over Edinburgh last weekend, O'Mahony says he is keen to see positive results on the biggest occasions once again.

"Yeah, it would, it would mean a lot. But we've got to go and play," said O'Mahony. "There was some very good stuff today. But then there is stuff, if we're going to go and compete with the best teams around, we have to improve upon.

"And we have to understand that. It would mean a huge amount to win silverware, it means a huge amount to any team considering the effort you put in every year. But we have to understand we need to improve in certain areas."

O'Mahony and his team-mates will be interested onlookers this weekend as Leinster seek to win a fourth Champions Cup, and the Munster skipper sees them as the benchmark.

"Well, when you talk about Leinster, it's across the board. They're playing so well at the moment. You start with your set-piece. It has got to be functioning, it has to be offering you a platform.

"The breakdown stuff, across the board, you have to up your game by about 20 per cent when you're playing against teams like that," said O'Mahony.

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